Join MSH at the Global Maternal Health Conference 2013

Join MSH at the Global Maternal Health Conference 2013

Tanzanian woman (Photo credit: MSH)Tanzanian woman (Photo credit: MSH)

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) invites you to attend the following sessions and poster presentations at the Global Maternal Health Conference in Arusha, Tanzania --- whether in person at the Arusha International Conference Center, or watching via archived videos online. (All times are listed in Eastern Africa Time: UTC/GMT +3 hours. Sessions will be recorded and available within 24 hours.)

Sessions: Tuesday, January 15

Improving access to essential maternal health medicines (Track 3): 13:30–15:00 · Simba

Moderator: Deborah Armbruster, USAID

  • Estimation of the unmet need for essential maternal health medicines. Maheen Malik, MSH
  • Identifying bottlenecks and opportunities in the iron and folic acid supply chain in Bihar, India. Amanda Wendt, Emory University
  • Production strategy for increasing access to high-quality, affordable medicines. Mutsumi Metzler, PATH
  • Availability and management of essential maternal health medicines: Results from Rwanda and Kenya. Jane Briggs, MSH

Sessions: Thursday, January 17

Malaria in pregnancy: Approaches to improving the quality of policies and programs (Track 1): 11:00-12:30 · sB-312a

Moderator: Catharine Taylor, PATH

  • Improving the quality of malaria in pregnancy prevention and care in Ghana, 2010–2012. Kwabena Larbi, University Research Company, LLC
  • Quality of care for malaria in pregnancy services during antenatal care: Survey results from six African countries. Barbara Rawlins, Jhpiego
  • Increasing malaria prevention in pregnant women in South Sudan. A. Frederick Hartman, MSH
  • Intermittent screening and treatment for malaria during pregnancy. Martin De Smet, Médecins Sans Frontières

Examining models for ANC: Experiences from Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, and Tanzania (Track 1): 15:30-17:00 · Mbayumbayu

Moderator: Scholastica Chibehe, Jhpiego Tanzania

  • Augmenting the delivery of quality maternal health care services through the introduction of floating clinic in the hard-to-reach riverine areas of Assam, India. Raju Tamang, National AIDS Control Organization, Government of India
  • Introducing a new antenatal care model: Provider and clients’ perspective, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Macellina Ijadunola, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  • Antenatal care in Tanzania: Improving high impact measures to reduce maternal and newborn mortality. Scholastica Chibehe, Jhpiego Tanzania
  • Role of national nutrition program on utilization of antenatal care service utilization in rural Bangladesh. Kaji Tamanna Keya, Population Council
  • The Extended ANC Model: A strategy for improving access and quality of maternal health care in rural north central Nigeria. Gabriel Kogo, MSH
  • The quality of antenatal care and the continuity and completeness of maternal health care service utilization: Findings from three rural districts of Tanzania. Colin Baynes, Ifakara Health Institute

The role of policy in efforts to improve maternal health care (Track 5): 15:30-17:00 · sB-312a

Moderator: Crystal Lander, MSH

  • Policy and practice for improved maternal health. Sandeep Bathala, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
  • Role of implementers on global health policy in Afghanistan including description of the Tech-Serve project. Steve Solter, MSH
  • Impact of policymaker support on maternal health. Crystal Lander, MSH
  • Maternal health in Africa and the Baby Friendly Community Initiative. Ruthpearl Ng’ang’a, APHRC
  • Hon. Sophia Abdi Noor, Government of Kenya

Posters: Thursday, 17 January (Track 4): 12:30–13:20

  • Fred Hartman, MSH:  Understanding barriers to increasing skilled birth attendance in South Sudan
  • Miriam Mutabazi, MSH:  Engaging the private sector to increase utilization of quality maternal health services in two ‘Saving Mothers Giving Life’ districts
  • Ghulam Qader, MSH:  Impact of international investment in health system of Afghanistan: document review of reproductive health indicators

More about the Global Maternal Health Conference

Co-sponsored by Management and Development for Health (Tanzania) and the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health (US), the three-day technical conference convenes practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the like, to "build on progress toward eradicating preventable maternal mortality and morbidity by improving the quality of maternal health care."

The conference features five tracks: 1) Program approaches and tools to improve the quality of maternal health care; 2) Measurement of the quality of maternal health care; 3) Strengthening health systems for improving the quality of maternal health care; 4) Access to and utilization of quality maternal health care; and 5) Evidence-informed policy and advocacy for quality maternal health care.

View the complete conference program on the program minisite, and watch the conference online.

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